Tooth resorption (TR) in felines may present an increased risk for complications during dental procedures, and it is currently unknown whether oral examination is a valid diagnostic method for type 1 TR. Using existing data from 1,530 felines from a large veterinary hospital in Washington, D.C., I examined the association between type 1 TR and complication under anesthesia during a dental procedure, and the validity of oral examination as a diagnostic tool. Controlling for breed, weight, age, sex, hematocrit, total protein, technician, veterinarian, and presence of oral and systemic disease, type 1 TR was associated with a complication under anesthesia during a dental procedure (p<0.0001). Sensitivity (93.1%) and specificity (97.6%) support the reliability of oral examination for diagnosing type 1 TR. Veterinarians can proactively anticipate lower blood pressures when anesthetizing felines with type 1 TR. There are similarities between TR in humans and felines, and further research is needed on the pathophysiology and health implications of TR in both species.
|Advisor:||Slopen, Natalie B.|
|Commitee:||He, Xin, Balcom, Sarah A.|
|School:||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Department:||Epidemiology and Biostatistics|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Epidemiology, Animal sciences, Veterinary services|
|Keywords:||Anesthesia, Cats, Dental surgery, Felines, Teeth|
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